When Betsy Ames was born on 17 October 1799, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, her father, Thomas Ames, was 36 and her mother, Nancy Sturtevant, was 35. She married Jacob Rolfe in 1822, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Vermont, United States in 1870. She died on 1 May 1883, in Colchester, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, at the age of 83.
English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Amis or from the feminine form, Amice. The Old French word amis, is from Latin amicus ‘friend’, which was used in Late Latin as a term for a man of the lower classes, in particular a slave. There were also derivatives of this as personal names, in particular masculine Amicius and feminine Amicia. Both were in use as personal names in England and may have contributed to the surname.
German: perhaps a nickname for an active person, from an ancient Germanic word related to Old High German amazzig ‘busy’.
Dutch: possibly a patronymic from Ame a common personal name in Holland and Friesland, an abbreviated form of an ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps beginning with amel ‘strong’.
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